What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : (H.R. 658) On a motion that would have deployed federal air marshals on all high-risk passenger airplane flights. (2011 house Roll Call 219)
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(H.R. 658) On a motion that would have deployed federal air marshals on all high-risk passenger airplane flights.
house Roll Call 219     Apr 01, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on a motion to recommit that would have deployed federal air marshals on all high-risk passenger airplane flights. A motion to recommit with instructions is the minority's opportunity to torpedo or significantly change a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure. This motion to recommit was offered to legislation authorizing annual funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, and limiting the ability of federal aviation and railroad workers to form unions. (The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has regulatory authority over all civil aviation in the United States.)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) urged support for this motion to recommit: “This final amendment to the FAA reauthorization would ensure that Federal air marshals are deployed on all high-risk flights for U.S. airlines. For the last 20 years, our greatest threats from al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have systematically targeted our passenger airlines. The fact that only a percentage of the highest risk passenger flights on U.S. airlines have a Federal air marshal shows the amount of work that we still need to do.”

Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) opposed the motion to recommit: “…This is basically a procedural tactic, and I am very opposed to this. I am a federal flight deck officer. I have served as a federal flight deck officer flying for the airlines, and if this was truly an important issue--this has been an open [amendment] process--this would have been brought out way before this time. Furthermore, the Secretary of Transportation has no authority over U.S. air marshals.”

The House rejected this motion to recommit by a vote of 184-235. Voting “yea” were 184 Democrats. All 234 Republicans present and 1 Democrat voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected a motion to recommit that would have deployed federal air marshals on all high-risk passenger airplane flights.

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